1 Out of 4 People Die of Heart Attacks: Could You Identify These Symptoms?

As of June 2011 everyday 10,000 people turn 65. Pretty crazy huh? The baby-boomers were the largest group of people born at one time ever! Between 1946 to 1964 1 BILLION babies were born. What this means now is that the majority of our population is aging. What generally comes with age? Yep, you guessed it…illness.

The top 4 death-related illnesses are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, followed by respiratory diseases and so on. These chronic degenerative diseases, which are primarily preventable, are what’s killing the people we love.

However, there is something we can do about it. Becoming educated on some of the signs and symptoms associated with these life threatening illnesses and being able to respond if an emergent event happens can be the difference between life and death for our loved ones.

This is the first part in a 4 part series I’ll be covering called Recognize and Respond. In this blog post I’ll be covering what heart disease is. How it impacts us here in the U.S. How to recognize when someone is having a heart attack. Lastly, I’ll be going over briefly what YOU can do to help someone you’ve noticed possibly having a heart attack.

Are you ready? Let’s go.

Heart disease is the NUMBER 1 killer in the U.S. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 610,000 people die from it every year. Guys, that’s 1 in 4 deaths. They also have shown that almost 400,000 of those deaths are from Coronary Artery Disease.

Guess how many heart attacks happen each year? 735,000 and about 500,000 of those are first-titips-for-a-healthy-heartmers. Here’s what is staggering (as if those prior stats weren’t), the first symptom of heart disease, in the majority of people who are diagnosed with heart disease, is death.

Recognizing signs and symptoms is super important, but I think it’s also necessary to educate people on the importance of the big 3: Diet, Exercise, Supplementation. Even the federal government has finally figured out that the best way to treat disease, the least costly way to treat disease, is prevention.

Despite what you might think, the underlying cause of heart disease is not high cholesterol. Although, it is a risk factor, along with high blood pressure and diabetes. The NUMBER 1 CAUSE of heart disease is oxidative stress. If you can lessen the amount of oxidative stress one undergoes, you’ve fixed the biggest problem. The way you do that is through diet and supplementation.

As far as exercise goes, the American Heart Association recommends getting “at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. You will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.”

So let’s get to it. Let’s discuss the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. You might not know this, but the signs and symptoms are different between men and women. Signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women aren’t what one would usually associate with a heart attack. Because of this its a wonder why men are more often dying from heart attacks than women!

Here is a guide for you to use for both Men and Women. These are the most common MAJOR signs and symptoms associated with a heart attack:

Men

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Weakness
  • Unusual Fatigue
  • Cold Sweats
  • Dizziness
  • Chest Pain
  • Left Arm, Shoulder, Neck, Facial pain
  • Tightness or Pressure of the chest

Women

  • Unusual Fatigue
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Upper Abdominal Pain

Outside these signs and symptoms, NEVER discount the classical symptoms of heart attacks: chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, left arm, shoulder, neck and facial pain.

Now when this happens, it’s SO important to respond. We don’t have a whole lot of time to work with. “Time is tissue!” This means the longer we wait the more tissue is affected. Remember, a heart attack, similar to a stroke, is the LOSS OF PERFUSION (of blood, oxygen, nutrients) to an area of the heart. Re-perfusion is the number 1 goal.

If someone you witness begins having any of the symptoms above, the first thing you do is CALL EMS. Now when you go to call EMS, you imagesmight here things like this, “Oh, I’m fine.” “Don’t do that! I’ll be just fine”. “It’s probably something I ate.” “This happens all the time. It will go away in a minute.” DO NOT LISTEN! It’s better to err on the side of caution.

Second, if its at all possible and there is no allergy to Aspirin, find an aspirin and give it to them. Even more important, have them chew it up and swallow it. This will thin the blood out pretty quickly and many times alleviate the symptoms.

The person may actually have a medication called Nitroglycerin lying around somewhere. If they do, have them place one under their tongue every 5 minutes for a total of 3 times. What it does is relaxes the coronary blood vessels going to and coming from the heart, which will help re-perfuse the heart.

Third have them sit down or lay down and loosen any restrictive clothing they might have on. They need to try and relax as much as possible until the ambulance arrives. We don’t want the heart working any harder than it has too.

As I mentioned, its better to err on the side of caution. It’s unfortunate that most people don’t recognize when they’re having a heart attack. You just never think it could happen to you. Remember, the number 1 sign of cardiac disease in 51% of all cardiac disease diagnoses is death.

This is why it’s so important to be able to Recognize and Respond.

I think I’ve covered just about everything I said I would. You should now understand how heart continues to impact us as a nation. You should also know how to reduce the risk of heart disease, how to recognize when someone is possibly having a heart attack, and how to respond in the case someone IS having a heart attack.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. I hope it’s been real helpful to you. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you had to recognize and respond to a heart attack, please comment below. Also, if you have anything you feel would be important to add, I’d love and welcome all comments.

Please “Like” and “Share” this blog post if it was of value. Thanks so much for making a difference! Because when you share things like this to those you care about, you truly are.



Disclaimer Statement:
Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Health Coach. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get their amazing products out to the people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award-winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

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5 KILLER Reasons Nurses Make Amazing Entrepreneurs

Before I really get started here, I want to be completely up front with you. I truly believe the Nursing profession is AWESOME! I can’t think of another industry where someone can go to college for 2-5 years and graduate making $50K/year or more. That’s not just it either. As a nurse, there are literally countless jobs (not just bedside nursing) that can bring you lots of success and fulfillment. And for the sake of the topic at hand, Nursing is an excellent springboard into entrepreneurship. 🙂

The problem that I had run into 3 years into my career was I didn’t want a job and I didn’t want a boss. So, if you’re a nurse who would rather have the freedom from having to clock in and clock out every day, if you’re the person who would rather have complete control over your schedule, or if you’re the person who would like to travel the world at a moments notice and experience life to its fullest, maybe, just maybe, you’re an entrepreneur and didn’t even know it.

I bet right now you’re wondering if that’s even possible; if all those things you just read could even be possible for you?

They are.

In just a second I’m not only going to show you that as a Nurse it’s not only POSSIBLE for you, but I’m going to show you that you already possess the skills to make it a reality. All you really really need to do is decide to do it.

What I’m going to be covering with you specifically in this post is what I did to walk away from a perfectly fine full time job as a Trauma/Critical Care Nursing and create a global business that pays me week in and week out, whether or not I get out of bed. Sounds awesome doesn’t it? It is!

I’ll also be giving an explanation for the industry I chose to transition into and lastly 5 reasons WHY nurses make amazing entrepreneurs in this industry. Can you smell that ocean breeze yet? Let’s begin.

I want to start by saying I have had NO PRIOR SALES EXPERIENCE. I’m not, nor have I ever been in sales. Nor, do I consider what I’ve chosen as a “sales” type of business. I do however believe we are ALL selling something. As nurses, we are selling our patients and their immediate families on the idea we are fully capable to take care of them. We are selling our employers every shift that it’s a great idea to keep us on staff. We are also selling our patients on the ideas of what they need to do to live a better, healthier life when we are educating them.

I think it’s important to say this up front because so many people have limited themselves by talking themselves out of something because they felt they weren’t a “insert descriptive here”. “For things to change you have to change.” This is what my mentor Jim Rohn said. He was right!

In 2010 I was DONE. I had been working in Vegas at a Level II Trauma Center and was getting hammered every night. My wife worked in the Coroner’s office by day in forensics autopsying and I worked nights. We didn’t spend as much time as we liked with each other and I was getting burnt out real quick. One night, August 8th 2010, I had a night like no other. It was a tipping point. I went home that morning convinced that I couldn’t continue for the next 30 years doing what I was doing.

My wife, God bless her, was VERY understanding and supportive. She suggested I look around to see if I could find something that was a good fit that I could work on in my off time that could possibly sooner or later supplement my nursing income. After really diving in, I found that anything traditional I could choose was going to cost  A LOT of up front money and a lot of up front time. I didn’t have a lot of either. She later suggested I look at the Nutritional R&D company with which her mom was affiliated. I did. That’s when I was introduced to the WELLNESS INDUSTRY.

According to Nobel Prize-winning economist, college professor, and best-selling author Paul Zane Pilzer, the Wellness Industry is poised to become the next $Trillion industry, competing with computers. Wellness, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The Wellness Industry encompasses modalities (products and services) that help others achieve “wellness”.

Being introduced to USANA Health Sciences opened up my mind to the idea of becoming a Wellness Consultant within the Wellness Industry. How does Wellness Consulting work? It works very similarly to being a nurse in a hospital, accept your not. It’s a business that YOU own and operate. You set the terms, you set the pay, and it’s all done part time until it surpasses your nursing income.

What I do is, using my nursing knowledge and skills, I find out where people are healthwise and I help them to get healthier. This can be helping someone lose weight, customize dietary options, exercise programs, nutritional customization and more. This is why it’s important to have a product partner that has a diverse and complete wellness line of products and tools to help you help your clients the very best way possible.

This is one reason I chose USANA Health Sciences. Another is they actually EDUCATE you and even have a nutritional certification through Sanoviv you can choose to go through. However, there are plenty of potential product partners out there to choose from. After looking at many, I found USANA to be unique. It’s paid off more than I can tell you.

As I began to build my Wellness Consulting business, I ran into others nurses interested in running their own business as well. This led to me building a team of nurses and other healthcare professionals, all building their own Wellness Consulting businesses together. This provided tremendous leverage, which I can’t begin to explain in depth. However, with a team of Wellness Consultant partners our group began to expand to different countries as so did our clientele.

I must say it has not always been super easy, but building a business from the ground up is always challenging. It’s also created time freedom for me and my family that any traditional business could not. My wife is no longer working for anyone and is able to stay at home with our younger kids. I have returned to the hospital as a per diem nurse and work on my own time. It keeps me credentialed, provides some great extra spending money, and I enjoy it much more now that I don’t have to be there. 🙂

I believe that Wellness Consulting is the PERFECT business for Nurses and I believe there are 5 KILLER reasons nurses make not only great Wellness Consultants but great entrepreneurs:

  1. Nurses are great communicators-This is a very important skill to have as an entrepreneur. We’ve developed this skill working with patients from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, etc.
  2. Nurses are hardworking-It’s no surprise, Nurses work hard…incredibly hard. They deal with a lot of stressful situations EACH DAY. They could be tending to a cold in one room and tending to a code in another AT THE SAME TIME. Nurses work tirelessly and relentlessly every shift. It takes this type of work ethic to be an entrepreneur.
  3. Nurses SPECIALIZE in customer service-It’s what we do! Nurses work day in and day out to provide the very best of ourselves to our patients to make sure they have the very best experience they can have while we are with them. Being sick is a trying time for anyone, and we are there to help them get through it as best as we can.
  4. Nurses are people-people-Let’s face it, you can’t go into the nursing profession if you don’t like people. Working with people is what nurses do. Being a SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur requires you to not only like people but love people and love helping people.
  5. Nurses are SMART-As an entrepreneur, you’ve got to have some sense. As a Wellness Consultant you have to have more than sense. As Donna Cardillo says in one of her awesome blog posts “nurses possess a great body of knowledge and experience that is marketable, valuable, and in demand.” We bring a lot to the table. Nurses make AMAZING Wellness Consultants!

I hope I’ve convinced you. In this post I’ve told you how I went from burnt out nurse to business owner. I’ve opened your eyes to the Wellness Industry and Wellness Consulting. Lastly, I’ve explained to you 5 Killer Reasons Nurses Make Amazing Entrepreneurs.

I hope this has been helpful to you. Bedside nursing isn’t the end. You’ve got options. If you’re a nurse entrepreneur yourself CONGRATULATIONS! Please leave a comment and a shameless self-advertisement. I wouldn’t be offended at all! 🙂

THANKS FOR READING! If this has been of value to you, please like and share it with a nurse or anybody for that matter. Have a great day!


Disclaimer Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

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I Spent the Night With a Crazy Man…Literally

I sat there in that hospital recliner listening to a man talk non-stop for 8 hours straight. Most things he spoke of made absolutely no sense at unnamed-3all. At times he would begin a story somewhere in the middle of the story. Other times he would be in the middle of a sentence and stop abruptly and just sit there staring into space, appearing as if he were listening to someone tell him something. At times he would respond to questions asked by no one in the room. He became quite frustrated when the female nurses aids would enter the room, often times cursing and raising his voice. He wrote furiously throughout the night on pieces of paper given to him at his request. “Here”, he said as he passed me a note he had written, “They’re out there watching us.” He was elderly, he was confused, misunderstood by most I’m sure. This man suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a psychological disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real and what is not. It’s a disease you’ve probably seen in movies where tjack-nicholson-the-shininghe character, often times, is involved in a series of murders or deranged acts of violence. Unfortunately, this nonsense has led to a stigma by the general population of patients suffering from mental illness. These poor souls ar feared by many, misunderstood by most, and made fun of by more than a few.

Mental illness is certainly no laughing matter. Because of its prevalence I’d be willing to bet many of you have been directly or indirectly affected by mental illness at one time or another. As an ER/ICU Nurse, I can tell you I’ve definitely seen my fair share. You know what’s terrible? What’s terrible is that when someone has a physical sickness, they get sympathy and love from those in their lives. However, when someone begins to suffer from mental illness, they’re looked down on or socially exiled. It’s for this reason that most people with mental illness choose not to seek help. Let me give you guys a few statistics that I believe will blow some of your minds:

  • 1 out of 4 people in the U.S. has some sort of mental illness
  • Severe mental illness is classified as having schizophrenia, major depression, Bi-polar Disorder, or psychosis
  • 5.4% of the U.S. population are classified as mentally ill
  • You have a 1 in 88 chance of being killed in a car wreck but you have 1 in 14,300,000 in being killed by a stranger with schizophrenia

I could spend a whole lot of time on this topic because there are so many different mental illnesses; from anxiety to eating disorders to severe mental illnesses as I described above. What I’d like to do is just hone in on 1 particular mental illness-schizophrenia. As I sat there with Patient X last night, I could only imagine the solitude he experienced daily. The fact that he was homeless wasn’t a surprise to me. Many of the homeless suffer from mental illness. My heart went out to him as he sat in that hospital bed talking at length about whatever random fleeting thoughts that would come up. Check out this great infographic on schizophrenia…
Schizophrenia: The Broken Mind
Source: BestMedicalDegrees.com

I certainly hope my post here will cause you to think twice before you judge someone experiencing mental illness. Fortunately there are many things that can be done to help those with psychological issues. If you or someone you know is experiencing a form of mental illness, please know that there are people there that want to help and that there is help. If you need to know where to start, click hereAre you worried you might have a serious mental disorder? Take this quiz. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate you guys so much. If you’ve found value in this, please “like” and share this post with the world.

-Nurse Mike


Disclaimer Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

Resourceshttp://cargocollective.com/eaewalker/Mental-Illness-Infographic, http://www.quotev.com/quiz/4357320/Do-You-Have-A-Mental-Disorder/, http://www.bestmedicaldegrees.com/schizophrenia/,                 http://hyperallergic.com/79029/photos-about-mental-health/

The REAL DEAL About Gluten

Gluten-free products are on the rise. As a matter of fact, there are more gluten-free products sold on store shelves than ever before in history. This has created quite the concern with people, because those that don’t exactly know what gluten is are curious about whether or not they should be avoiding it altogether.  As a nurse I hear this quite often,”What is gluten?” or “Is gluten bad for me?” So I felt it a great topic to quickly go over so you all can be in the know.

untitled-infographic2Gluten is the stuff in bread that holds it together. It makes bread chewy and makes pre-cooked dough elastic so that it stretches. It’s actually a protein found in wheat and other similar grains, like barley and rye. People that have the biggest issue with gluten are people who’ve been diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease. This is, what they call, a genetic auto-immune disease where the small intestine has become damaged and causes a problem when it comes to absorbing certain nutrients from food. The good news is that only about 1% of the population in the U.S. has been diagnosed with this disease. However about 85% of those people are un-diagnosed or mis-diagnosed with other illnesses. The bad news is that there are about 5 times as many people who are gluten sensitive aka Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

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Gluten sensitivity is a little trickier. Gluten sensitivity is the condition where there is little to NO intestinal damage that occurs with Celiac’s Disease and that this effects about 18 million people in the U.S., an
d most of them are adults. There is some growing research out there that is suggesting that people who have these gluten sensitivities aren’t sensitive to gluten, but instead to a particular type of poorly-digested carbohydrate the are calling FODMAP’s but this research is still in its early stages.

If you’re worried that you may be sensitive to gluten, have a gluten allergy, or may even be thinking you want to get checked out for Celiac’s Disease, here are some symptoms that could indicate you have an issue with gluten:

  • bloating, gas and/or abdominal pain
  • hard to flush, bulky or loose stools
  • diarrhea or constipation/itchy skin rash
  • tingling or numbness in hands and feet
  • discolored teeth or loss of enamel
  • canker sores/joint pain/fractures or thin bones
  • irritability or behavior changes/significant unexplained weight loss
  • poor weight gain/delayed growth

Although I’ve never had any issues with gluten, I have had many clients that have. Many of them struggle to find healthy food and snack options that are not only gluten free but taste good also. This is one of the many reasons I’ve chosen USANA Health Sciences as a product partner. Their food line is not only gluten free and delicious, but it is a low glycemic option. This means it won’t spike blood sugars and is a healthy choice for Type II diabetics too. Here’s a little video clip that I’ve found useful explaining USANA’s delicious gluten-free food line.

If you’d like to know more about USANA and their food line, click here.

I hope this helps answer some of the questions you might be having about gluten and whether or not it’s a healthy choice for you. If you’d like some more answers on this topic, I’d suggest you go to the Celiac Disease Foundation website. It’s a great resource and is HIGHLY educational.

5 Things you MUST do if you witness someone collapse…PLEASE READ

So it’s Saturday afternoon and it’s a beautiful day outside. As you and your afternoon dinner date leave the restaurant you feel the sun shining down on you while a cool breeze blows your hair back out of your face. Needless to say, its a beautiful day. As you’re walking toward your vehicle, discussing what you guys are going to do next, you notice an elderly couple walking ahead of you hand in hand. All of a sudden you see the elderly woman collapse to the ground. You and your date and the elderly woman’s husband are the only ones around…what do you do?

If this has never happened to you this can be a VERY scary situation. But have no fear! I’m going to give you some great info that you can take with you that will probably save someones life and make you look like a hero. 🙂

First, DO NOT PANIC! Know that everything is in God’s hands. You do what you can do, and He will do the rest. It’s your job to remain cool and focused on the task at hand. You’ll find when you stay calm you will be able to think more clearly.

Second, call 911. If there is someone with you, you will get THEM to call 911. Most of the time when someone goes down it is cardiac related. However, it could also be a stroke (brain attack) or a seizure. This being said, ideally, it would be great to get another bystander to go find a defibrillator. So, look around and speak SPECIFICALLY to a person and say “Go find a defibrillator as fast as you can.” If you are alone, don’t worry about the defibrillator. EMS will be bringing one with them. Even if they come to before EMS arrives or before someone comes back with the defibrillator, that person is still going to go the hospital because what just happened.

Third, roll them over onto their back and shake them while shouting “CAN YOU HEAR ME?! ARE YOU OK?!” If nImage79o response QUICKLY expose their bare chest and see if they are breathing by noticing if there is any rise and fall of the chest. While you’re watching their chest, your ear is up to their mouth to hear and feel if there is any breathing going on. This should take no longer than 5-10 seconds.

Fourth, check for a pulse. Try placing the pointerand middle fingers of your dominant hand directly to their right side of the throat. If no pulse, it’s time foCarotid-pulser some action. In this case place your hands on top of each other and begin pushing on their chest to the tune “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees (or 100 beatsper minute). Be sure to push deep each time. Right now you might be wondering, “When do I do the mouth to mouth?” You don’t have to! The new guidelines place emphasis on “quality” chest compressions, not rescue breathing.

Fifth and final thing is to continue with chest compressions for as long as you can, for as long as there is no pulse, or until EMS arrives. If someone manages to bring a defibrillator to you, just follow the instructions given to you by the defibrillator after it has been connected to the patient.

So let’s recap:

  1. Don’t panic
  2. Call 911
  3. Check responsiveness
  4. Check pulse
  5. Begin and continue chest compressions until EMS arrive or you become worn out.

If you’ve found this helpful please Share and/or Retweet this post. It could just save someone’s life…maybe even your own.


Disclaimer Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

Do you REALLY know what a “superfood” is? Take the quiz and see how many you get right?

Vitamins and minerals are an extremely important part of the equation when it comes to experiencing optimal health. Unfortunately, in this day and age, most people don’t make it a point to get the 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables that research has shown to prevent, and in some cases reverse, chronic degenerative disease.

Considering that our body is made up of trillions of cells and each cell carries out countless functions, which are mediated by vitamins and minerals, a deficiency will prevent our bodies from performing those very important tasks, resulting in problems.

Some foods that provide an over-abundance of those key vitamins and/or minerals are sometimes referred to as “superfoods”. What is a superfood? Test your superfoods IQ with this online quiz featuring heart-healthy, weight-friendly, fruits, vegetables, drinks, and other foods that are available at your fingertips.

Source: Take the Superfood Quiz Here


Disclaimer Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

Stop Your Stressin’! 6 Stress Reduction Techniques That Work

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STRESS!!! We all feel it right? It seems to all come at once too! If you know what I mean, leave me a “hell yeah” in the comment box below. I mean if it’s not the bills, the job, THE BOSS, the kids, the chores, the auto problems, the school projects, the classes, the pet, homework, TRAFFIC, IT’S SOMETHING ELSE. BOOO!

It’s everywhere. Trust me, you aren’t the only one that feels it. We ALL have stressful situations in our lives. Even those who you would think have the least stress, yep, they have stress too. Stress is a major contributor to health issues we face. From the common cold to heart disease to DEATH, stress is a big perpetrator.

As a matter of fact here is a list of things known to be caused by stress (not stress only by the way). Any of these hit close to home:

  • Gastro-intestinal problems (Nausea, Diarrhea, IBS, Spastic Colon, Indigestion)
  • Colds and Sinus Infections
  • Vaginal Yeast Infections and Bladder Infections
  • Hypertension, Heart Disease, Asthma
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Substance Abuse in people with Addictive/Compulsive Disorders

Because of all the health issues that come along with stress, it is extremely Stress-Reduction-Kit-Print-for-WORK_o_30084important to learn how to recognize and address the stress you are having. The prevention of a stressful situation is the absolute best thing you can do, but that’s almost laughable just to type! Stressful situations arise at a moments notice and can almost never be prevented. However, learning to deal with those stressful situations and to get out of them quickly will serve you well. So let’s get started shall we?

Fondling Breasts-I read not too long ago that fondling a woman’s breast can lessen stress. I don’t know how true that is for most, but it does for me! I don’t think my wife buys it, but she’s a good sport nonetheless! 🙂 On a side note, I found these online and thought I should include them for any of you that want to give the boob-fondling a go when you get stressed.

If it works, be sure to comment back and let the readers know! FOR YOUR INFORMATION-Fondling breasts has been linked reducing breast cancer cell proliferation. See this article here. IDK.

Hitting the Gym-After a long stressful day go pump some iron. Or, if you prefer, do some cardio or yoga. I find this extremely helpful because when I get in the gym, I turn my mind off. I focus on the task at hand, which is GAINZ. When I leave the gym, I’m in a better mood, I’m more relaxed AND I sleep better. (By the way, if you have a difficult time sleeping at night, workout in the evening and it will help).

Meditation-Meditation has long been touted as a powerful stress-reduction technique. I sometimes will start my morning in a meditative state. It really sets the pace for the rest of the day which, as mentioned above I’d rather stay away from stressful mornings.

Tunes-They say that music soothes the savage beast. In the case of stress, it certainly does. These days, with the introduction of Pandora, Spotify, and even Amazon Prime Music (awesome!), you can pretty much listen to whatever you want. So, when you get stressed out, put on the ear buds and chillax with some of your favorite de-stressing music. It works!

LOL!-They say that laughter is the best medicine. Speaking of the above music apps, you have your own stand up comedian in your pocket! My favorite is Jim Gaffigan. I find when I am super-stressed out and I cannot get to a gym, and maybe I’m in my car and meditation is out, I turn on some Jim Gaffigan and I let him take it all away. Never heard of him? Check out this YouTube video! You will be ROLLING!

Horizontal Mambo-Yes, I mean S E X (with your spouse that is). This is last, but certainly not least. photogallery_managing_stress_and_afib_10_fullSex is linked to all sorts of health benefits actually. Guys, this list is for you! Having sex releases the feel-good hormone, serotonin, that not only makes you feel good, but relaxes you afterward.

So, I hoped this little list helped you all. Stress really is no laughing matter. Not only can it affect you but can impact those around you. Plus, you don’t want to be that person that everybody hates to be around. AND, if you foresee an upcoming stressful situation, prepare for it in advance so it doesn’t hit so hard. They say that “fortune favors the prepared mind.”

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to read this blog. I hoped you enjoyed it. If so, please like, comment and share it. I’d like to help and reach as many people as I can. THANKS!